Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's that Time Again! Back-to-School Sales aka Restock Your Genealogy Supply Sales

Just a few of the many office supplies
usually on sale this time of year.
Tuesday's Tip
Back-to-School Sales on school supplies are not just for kids! These sales are for genealogists too! 

Anyone who uses a lot of common office supplies should keep their eyes and ears open for some extreme savings that are only around this time year for certain supplies. So be smart and pay attention to those Back-to-School Sales going on for the next month or two so you can partake of the savings too. 

What would interest a genealogist? The first things that come to mind are USB drives (large sizes at great prices and small sizes at even better prices); printer/copier paper; pens and pencils; pencil lead (for those mechanical pencils); highlighters; file folders or pocket folders; paper and binder clips; index cards for those that like old school ways; plastic file boxes (keep that water damage away); sticky notes; binders; paper; computer accessories (like mice, computer bags, external hard drives, printers, software, and more); etc. Even office desks and chairs can be found on sale. 

Yes, for some things it is best to make sure you get acid-free versions, but that can get expensive and sometimes compromises must be made. Note acid-free copier/printer paper is easier to find nowadays. 

Also, at about this time of year (July/August/September) computer manufacturers are about to release their new models so good to great prices can often be found on this past year's models. (If you computer is really old and can not upgrade to Windows 10 because of old hardware or low-memory issues consider these sales.) Just remember to get as large of hard drive, as much memory as you are able to afford, and keep an eye on processor speed/power. There are other factors to consider when buying a computer -- these are three key ones. 

May you find the deals on what you need, not on what you don't need. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Friday, July 1, 2016

Free Access to Fold3.com Revolutionary War Records

Attention!

Fold3.com is giving free access from July 1 to July 15 (1:59 a.m. Eastern Time) to its Revolutionary War Records collection.

Among its 21 titles are: Revolutionary War Pensions, Revolutionary Ware Service Records, Revolutionary War Rolls, and Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions 1818-1864 to name just a few.

Just register for the basic Fold3 membership which is free with no credit card required. If you already have a free Fold3 basic membership, just sign into the website. (You do not need to sign up for a 7-day free trial which requires a credit card.) The easiest way to do this is to just start a search from the Revolutionary War Collection page and then click to view an image (marked free) and then the correct registration link to a free basic membership option will come up.

Good luck searching, you are dismissed!

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, June 30, 2016

AncestryDNA on Sale for $79 until July 4th

AncestryDNA is on sale for $79 plus taxes and shipping until July 4 at 11:59 p.m ET. That is a 20 percent savings off the regular price of $99 for the test. Shipping costs are about $9.95 to one address.  
AncestryDNA is an Autosomal DNA test that both males and females can take to learn their ethnicity mixture and aid in their search for relatives. 

In the past we have mentioned that there is also a free shipping coupon code FREESHIPDNA listed at the RetailMeNot website. Please note that sometimes this code works meaning Ancestry lets you stack discounts together and sometimes the code does not meaning Ancestry only allows one discount at a time. It doesn't hurt to see if it works for this sale. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FindMyPast.com has Free Access Week June 29 to July 6 ... Travel & Migration, Various Census, and US Marriage Records

In honor of Our Independence Day, FindMyPast.com is giving free access from Wed., June 29 to Wed., July 6, to all "Travel and Migration" records; all "U.S. Marriage" records; and all U.K., Irish, Canadian and U.S. census. 

Some of the records included in the "Travel and Migration" collection are U.S. passenger lists; Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960; over 827,000 convict transportation records; over 10 million new and existing naturalization records; and over 1.7 million brand new U.S. passport applications.
 
There is a dedicated search page for this free access week. You can reach the free access week page at the FindMyPast.com website here.
 
During this free access time period, you will need to sign-in to either your subscription account or free account. If you do not have a free account at Find My Past already, simply create one. (A free account is not the same as a free trial subscription so do not click on the link to sign up for a free trial subscription.) The simplest way to create a free account is to do a search, click to view a result image and the website will ask you to sign into your account or create a free account. 

Remember, over at the original FindMyPast.co.uk website, its free access week includes military records and census. See our June 24th post.

Don't forget that some libraries, such as the local LDS Family History Libraries, have institutional subscriptions to FindMyPast for patron use while in the library. So if you spot something else during this free access offer, there are options to investigate further.

 
Have fun searching.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Monday, June 27, 2016

FamilySearch.org Tech Update Done, Website is Back Up and Ready for Use

About five minutes after 10 a.m. Eastern Time, FamilySearch.org reported via its Face Book page that the site is back up, running and ready for use. 

Apparently it was a smooth tech upgrade. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Remember FamilySearch.org may be Down for Up to 24 Hours Today

FamilySearch.org website is getting a Tech Update today. (See our June 19th blog post.)

That means the site may be down for up to 24 hours. This is scheduled to start at 2 a.m. Eastern Time (12 a.m Mountain Time) on Monday, June 27.
 

Though no official sources have said so, we suspect it may be possible that some database collections at partner websites, like Ancestry.com, that link to the images at FamilySearch.org may be affected by this outage. Hopefully not, but don't be surprised by an image not found message.

Keep your To-Do List handy to make notes of what you need to look for later, and enjoy some free access time to military records and census at FindMyPast.co.uk that we mentioned in our June 24th blog post.

Again, let's hope the upgrade goes well. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Friday, June 24, 2016

Free Access to Entire Military Records Collection on FindMyPast June 27 to July 4

Here's something to do on Monday while FamilySearch.org is down for the day for tech updates.

To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, FindMyPast is giving free access to ALL Military Records from 4 a.m. Eastern Time, Monday, June 27 to 6:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, July 4.

This free access includes all UK, Australian, Canadian and United States military records that are in the FindMyPast "Military, Armed Forces and Conflict" category.

AND also included is free access to all UK and Irish census records!

There is a dedicated search page for this free access week. You can reach the free access week page at the FindMyPast.co.uk website here.

Often the same free access offer appears on the North American site FindMyPast.com also though sometimes with a different "reason." (We couldn't find a similar announcement for the .com site yet.)

During this free access time period, you will need to sign-in to either your subscription account or free account. If you do not have a free account at Find My Past already, simply create one. (A free account is not the same as a free trial subscription so do not click on the link to sign up for a free trial subscription.) The simplest way to create a free account is to do a search, click to view a result image and the website will ask you to sign into your account or create a free account.

Don't forget that some libraries, such as the local LDS Family History Libraries, have institutional subscriptions to FindMyPast for patron use while in the library. So if you spot something else during this free access offer, there are options to investigate further.

Have fun searching.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE